Sunday, November 29, 2009

Don't give your kidneys to heaven, we need them here

From the Philippine Star It might seem to border on the macabre — this subject of harvesting the organs of the dead so that these may be transplanted and prolong the lives of needy patients. But with a growing population requiring transplants, deceased organ donation is the most feasible alternative to address the problem of lack of organs for transplantation.

Consider these figures: The Philippine Renal Disease Registry said that in 2007, 10,000 to 12,000 individuals developed end-stage renal disease. Of these, half or 5,000 required kidney transplants. However, less than 10 percent (or less than 500) were able to undergo transplant surgery because of insufficient organ supply. With 95.5 percent of the kidneys transplanted coming from living donors in the Philippines, only 15 deceased donor organs are transplanted each year. This means that otherwise usable kidneys are buried and in effect, wasted. Continue reading by clicking the title below

Don't give your kidneys to heaven, we need them here

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